Learn about Audio Description

Audio Description logoAudio description, also referred to as a video description, described video, or more precisely called a visual description, is an additional narration track intended primarily for blind and visually impaired consumers of visual media (including television and film, dance, opera, and visual art). It consists of a narrator talking through the presentation, describing what is happening on the screen or stage during the natural pauses in the audio, and sometimes during dialogue if deemed necessary.” – Wikipedia

The addition of this requirement to the Section 508 Refresh will make many folks scramble to meet this accessibility guideline. To help with the conversation, 3 Play Media offered this webinar, Introduction to Audio Description on May 4th and it is now available in archive format – Here is the link to the archive of the webinar, Introduction to Audio Description…


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Insite Training – NEC

The New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance & Training (NEC) is pleased to announce…


Professional developmentBeginning October 27th and 28th, 2016

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity! Space is limited to 25 people.  Register early!


October 27-28, 2016; Webinar Dec 1, 2016 ; January 26-27,  2017


  • Thursday – Oct. 27th  (9 to 4:00 PM)
  • Friday – Oct. 28th (9 to 3:30)
  • Interim Webinar – Dec 1st (1-2:30)
  • Thursday –  January 26th (9-4:00 PM)
  • Friday –  January 27th (9-3:30)


Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 1 Machworth Island, Falmouth ME 04105


The INSITE model was developed to facilitate the provision of services to young children with combined vision and hearing loss, or sensory loss and additional disabilities.  In this model, parents are the primary facilitators of development, and the home is considered the most appropriate setting for intervention. Psychological and emotional support for family members is part of the intervention.  Information about the unique challenges and needs of children with combined vision and hearing loss, or sensory loss and additional disabilities is provided.


$100 per person

Use this link to Register for this event…


Certificate for 26.5  Professional Development Points (PDPs) upon completion of assessment tool assignment and attendance at all scheduled sessions.


Early Intervention, Early Childhood, Preschool Providers, Special Educators

Participants who attend these four days of training and interim webinar will receive free materials (manual and handouts).

The New England Consortium will cover training materials, continental breakfast.  Lunch is on your own.


Training Outcome:  Participants will increase their knowledge of evidenced-based practices, available resources, and increase their skills for working with children who have sensory loss and additional disabilities.  Training will provide an overview of INSITE materials.

  • Volume I contains information on the INSITE communication and hearing programs.  The sections outline information on psycho-emotional support; supportive services; home visit planning; delivery/reporting and getting started.
  • Volume II contains the INSITE curriculum vision, cognition, and motor impairments programs.  It also contains a Developmental Resource Section providing information to parents in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, self-help, and social-emotional development.
  • Flashdrive with related articles and materials included


  • INSITE Overview & INSITE Checklist
  • Guidelines for EC Providers
  • Motor Development
  • Orientation & Mobility
  • Cognition
  • Vision
  • Hearing and Assistive Listening Devices
  • Tactual Activities
  • Communication and Literacy


Please contact:

Tracy Evans Luiselli, Ed.D., Project Director
New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance and Training (NEC)
Office: (617) 972-7517


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